Wednesday, 3 June 2015

A different kind of insecurity

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so time for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post.

Insecurity is often seen as a negative thing - uncertainty, lack of confidence, unsafe. It can mean that and I'm sure all writers have felt a little bit that way at least occasionally.

Insecurity can also mean not fixed or firm. That could be a good thing. Our first ideas for a story aren't fixed and firm - we can develop the plot and characters how we wish, take the storyline wherever we like.

Another definition of insecure is 'likely to give way'. That's not safe and cosy, but maybe it's something we should try on the page?

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    1. Sounds more fun than fighting it, doesn't it?

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  2. Insecurity can mean we're not overconfident either!

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    1. Yes and that's proably a good thing, Alex.

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  3. Interesting - I don't think many of us ever look at 'insecure' that way, but it make you think.

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    1. If I've made you think I've done some good, Bob!

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  4. Interesting take on insecurity. Yes, our stories do go from iffy to wonderful.

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    1. Or in my case, JL, they sometimes go from iffy to odd!

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  5. I like your take on Insecurity. I am trying to get rid of my insecurity.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium

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    1. The trick, Rachna, is to get rid of enough insecurities that they don't hold us back, but not so many we can't go forward.

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  6. That's a good way to look at story writing, Patsy.

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  7. I don't always look at my insecurity as a bad thing either. It can motivate me to work harder. I want to be the best I can be and being not sure of myself means I keep trying.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. If insecurity motivates you to do better it can't be all bad, Patricia.

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  8. Yes, like having to talk about a topic you know practically nothing about, with only five minutes to swat up beforehand? Happened to me last night, I was feeling insecure then...but we always muddle through these situations don't we? And often our audience is non the wiser.

    Insecurity is not always a bad thing - it makes you push boundaries you wouldn't normally, and sometimes they lead to better and bigger things.

    Face the fear I say!

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    1. What terrible person landed you in that predicament, Maria? Luckily in depth knowledge isn't always needed to coax others to share their opinions.

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  9. Great point - I hate not knowing what I'm going to write next, but it's fun to see one set of ideas give way to other, better ideas.

    Thanks for the insight!

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